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Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Wanaka police were yesterday afternoon unaware of a complaint two fake building inspectors were approaching home owners in the Wanaka area.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Police talk to a truck driver following an accident involving a truck and a Lime scooter in Dunedin yesterday. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery Lime scooters should not be "demonised" in Dunedin, despite an accident which left a woman seriously injured, Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose...
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Jason Lyall "Shocked" was how Jason Lyall (39) described his initial reaction to the announcement of his confirmation as the newest and youngest chief fire officer of the Balclutha brigade.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Margaret Munro Tourism Waitaki’s impending staff appointments will bring with them "significant change" to the organisation, general manager Margaret Munro says.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Invercargill SPCA has 111 kittens available for adoption. Photo: Ben Waterworth Southland residents thinking of adding a cuddly companion to their family are being encouraged to adopt a cat from local animal shelters.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
A male leopard seal basks on Aramoana beach last week. Eight sightings of the so-called vagrant species have been recorded in Otago this year. Photo: Pete Naik Leopard seals are supposed to be rarely seen in New Zealand waters.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Celebrating the completion of the roof on Arrowtown’s new sports and community centre in June are (from left) Queenstown district councillor Craig Ferguson, Central Lakes Trust grants programme and policy manager Vicci Lawrence, Community Trust of Southland trustee Warren Skerrett, Arrowtown Rugby...
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Rain is in the forecast but that will not be an issue for Southern United today.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
KiwiHarvest founder and chief executive Deborah Manning (left) and Dunedin manager Susie Townshend at its Halsey St office. Photo: Gregor Richardson From the early days of personally shifting unsold bread to charities, Dunedin’s Deborah Manning is now creating a nationwide food rescue netwo...
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Brian Daniels is closing his well-known George St jewellery store and retiring. Photo: Gerard O'Brien Brian and Cheryl Daniels are closing their George St jewellery business, Daniels Showcase Jewellers, after decades in Dunedin. Brian Daniels talks to Sally Rae about his time in the indu...
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
It’s not often outsiders  get a glimpse of the bare bones of a student residential hall.  Reporter Elena McPhee and photographer Christine O’Connor were  given a tour of Hayward College this week as extensive renovations continue. 
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
A first-innings win by Mid Canterbury over North Otago in the final series of two-day Hawke Cup elimination games would give the Mid Cantabrians the zone’s right to challenge holder Southland later in the season.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Photo: Gerard O'Brien The cruise ships Radiance of the Seas (rear) and Sun Princess at Port Chalmers yesterday.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Lucy Hammonds Most people’s summer reading consists of a cold drink and a best-seller on the beach.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Crossing remembering the 18,000 New Zealanders who fell in the Great War. Photo: NZME The nation's 180 RSA clubs will not survive unless they find a way to be relevant to younger people, says an internal report carried out for the organisation.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Clutha District Council chief executive Steve Hill, wife Lana and pet Newfoundland Maddie relax at Balclutha’s Naish Park recently. Mr Hill begins his second, five-year term of office in June 2019. Photo: Richard Davison The Clutha District Council recently reappointed chief executive Steve...
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Fire crews were alerted of the blaze in Bluff shortly before midnight. Image: Google Fire crews in Bluff, south of Invercargill, have spent the wee hours of this morning battling a blaze at a large warehouse.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Earthquake-prone buildings and streets will be revealed by the  Queenstown Lakes District Council at the end of the month.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
A new rideshare craze could soon hit the streets in the form of two-seater cars you locate on a cellphone app, hire by the minute, then leave at the nearest carpark once you are done.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
The University of Otago will wait a year before appointing a new family law lecturer, following the departure of colourful academic Prof Mark Henaghan, former faculty dean, to the University of Auckland.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Photo: Getty Images The number of South Islanders with dementia will double within 20 years, but the country is far from ready from being able to cope, health reporter Mike Houlahan finds.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
When Jessie Lee McNeil De Jonge received a text from his mate saying "cover for me", he knew what to do.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Bunch riders support one another after the crash on State Highway 30. Photo: NZME A driver hit a cyclist at an estimated 80km/h - sending him flying over the bonnet before fleeing the scene.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
A rescue helicopter has been called to help locate a man on the Timaru River Track, near Lake Hawea. Photo: Mark Price A middle-aged American man was successfully lifted off the Timaru River Track, near Lake Hawea, by the Queenstown based rescue helicopter late this afternoon.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
A pedestrian was taken to hospital in a serious condition after being hit by a car on King Edward St this morning.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Victorian police officers will "saturate" the area where #AiiaMaasarwe was killed until her attacker is found, in a bid to calm rising community fears about safety. https://t.co/o4gLERASs0— ABC News (@abcnews) January 17, 2019 A 20-year-old man was arrested over the killing of an Israeli univer...
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Sydneysider Ed Sciberras relaxes at Red Leaf Beach, as temperatuers across the state have repeatedly broken 40C. Photo: Getty Images Temperatures have soared past 46C in northwestern NSW while thunderstorms have begun to hit southern parts of the state, with winds and lightning increasing ...
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
Seven people have been taken to hospital after a serious head-on car crash near Huka Falls just north of Taupō.
Otago Daily Times | January 18, 2019
The tourists caused controversy at Takapuna Beach, in Auckland and are now making their way south. Photo: Supplied Reports the unruly tourist family travelling the country are now in Ōtaki are prompting tourism operators to turn away people they fear could be part of the group.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street to face a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons yesterday. Photo: Getty Images British Prime Minister Theresa May might have survived the confidence vote in Parliament yesterday, but Brussels and the EU are in charge now. Chris...
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
The voice and co-founder of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson, at his hotel in Queenstown yesterday, before his gig at the Gibbston Valley Winery tomorrow.PHOTO: JOSHUA WALTON `As crazy as the world gets, it's like a haven - a haven of sanity."
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Elle Dickson The Invercargill City Council says it is pleased with the number of dog owners applying for responsible dog owner (RDO) status.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
PHOTO: SUPPLIED Checking out the new venturi destined for the Pike River mine site are (from left) Pike River Recovery Agency chief operating officer Dinghy Pattinson, ventilation officer Borys Poborowski (Terra Firma), electrical superintendent Danie Du Preez, Chris Neame (Gray Bros) and Dav...
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Victorian police officers will "saturate" the area where #AiiaMaasarwe was killed until her attacker is found, in a bid to calm rising community fears about safety. https://t.co/o4gLERASs0— ABC News (@abcnews) January 17, 2019 The death of an international student murdered just moments after ge...
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Police Minister Stuart Nash says anecdotal evidence suggests an increase in the number of sexual assaults at the beginning of each year may be linked to students heading to university.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former lawyer, arrives for his sentencing at United States Court house in the Manhattan. Photo: Reuters Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, said on Thursday (local time) he paid a firm to manipulate online polling ...
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
The All Whites will play Ireland in November. Photo: Getty Images The All Whites are confirmed to play against the Republic of Ireland in November this year.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Novak Djokovic reaches to play a backhand during his second round win last night in Melbourne. Photo: Getty Images Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep advanced to the Australian Open third round but Halep was made to work hard for her win over American Sofia Kenin.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving during yesterday's match against the Brooklyn Nets. Photo: Getty Images Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving called former teammate LeBron James to apologise for "being that young player" when both were in Cleveland.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Ben McLachlan. Photo: Getty Images Ben McLachlan has come out on the wrong side of a thriller.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Chanel Harris-Tavita at Warriors training last year. Photo: Getty Images The search for Shaun Johnson's Warriors replacement has been narrowed down to two players — and both are relatively unknown youngsters.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Hurricanes prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen is heading to England. Photo: Getty Images Another day, another All Black heads north. The trickle is fast becoming a flood.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Prince Philip has been involved in a car crash near to Sandringham - Buckingham Palace say he was unhurthttps://t.co/kKAVJYOlwX pic.twitter.com/WX8V5wA0md— ITV News (@itvnews) January 17, 2019 Prince Philip has been involved in a car crash this morning (NZT).
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
A teenager on a Lime scooter has been seriously injured in a crash with a truck in Dunedin.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Two people will appear in court today after a stolen car crashed into a tractor in Huntly in a bid to flee police.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Police are urging people who park their cars in the Manor Pl area to come forward if they notice items like iPads, cameras, or spare change missing from their vehicles, after a man was arrested for breaking into at least two cars.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Combined Logistics' Sam Daffron works to help clean up after thieves raided the warehouse of a truck carrying jet skis. Photo: Paul Taylor. A "planned" heist of five brand new jet skis sitting on a Hawke's Bay freight company's truck has left the owner fearing for her business's reputa...
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
aidanovasppvianzh.jpg The AIDAnova is the first of a new generation of LNG-powered cruise ships. Photo: Supplied The cruise industry has committed to cut the rate of carbon emissions across the global fleet by 40 per cent by 2030.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
The female lime scooter rider critically injured after being struck by a truck appears to have run a red light moments before the crash, it is understood.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is being urged to voice concerns about irregularities in the United Kingdom's Brexit referendum lest they open the door to authoritarian rule.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Footage of a Lime scooter burnout in Dunedin has been posted on a Facebook group.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
rescue_heli_hawea.jpg A rescue helicopter has been called to help locate a man on the Timaru River Track, near Lake Hawea. Photo: Mark Price A rescue operation is underway to locate a man who has fallen on the Timaru River Track, near Lake Hawea.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
A pedestrian has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after being hit by a car on King Edward St this morning.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Arthur St Kitchen in Timaru. Photo: Google Maps A woman is in hospital after falling through the floorboards at a Timaru cafe and becoming trapped.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
A fisherman on a canal in the Mackenzie Basin. Photo: Richard Cosgrove, Fish and Game NZ. A "monster" world-record 25kg trout is believed to have been caught in a South Island hydro canal - but the lucky fisherman is lying low.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
QLDC are warning Wanaka residents to be wary of building inspectors turning up without appointment or accreditation. Photo: ODT files Two fake building inspectors are reported to be on the prowl in Wanaka.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Stephen Barclay, former head of the KiwiBuild unit. Photo: RNZ The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
A child sitting on the lap of a woman texting while driving on the Southern Motorway. Photo: Supplied Police are appealing for help to identify a motorist photographed allowing a child to take the wheel while she was driving on Auckland's Southern Motorway.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Two migrant sex workers have been deported after an illegal Queenstown brothel was closed down.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
It is unclear why the category remains closed, but Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway anticipated a decision would be made in the first half of this year. Photo: Getty Images The Government appears to be inching closer to a decision on reopening the parent visa category after it was cl...
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Bob Dylan performs in England in 2004. Photo: Getty Images The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has dismissed a complaint against Westport-based Coast FM for playing the 43-year-old Bob Dylan song Hurricane because it contains the n-word.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
lime_scootercrashjaq_03_18012019.jpg A Lime scooter rider has serious injuries after a crash with a truck in Dunedin this morning. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery A Lime e-scooter rider has been seriously injured in a crash with a truck in Dunedin.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
The number of residential properties sold in December was the lowest for that month in seven years, figures from the Real Estate of Institute of New Zealand show.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Growth in the uptake of ultra-fast broadband on the networks Chorus is installing slowed in the December quarter as more of the roll-out was completed.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Sheep numbers in New Zealand have now fallen in 10 of the past 12 years. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY New Zealand now has 5.6 sheep for every person - a far cry from the peak of 22 per person in 1982.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Former Vodafone CFO Mark Aue has been appointed new CEO of 2degrees. Photo: Supplied 2degrees has appointed chief financial officer Mark Aue as chief executive, replacing Stewart Sherriff, who signalled in August that he wanted to step down after five years in the top job.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
The Marsden Point refinery at Whangarei. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Record throughput in the final six months of 2018 has helped the New Zealand Refining Company recoup some of the losses from its extended shutdown earlier in the year.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Sea surface temperatures are up to 3degC above average on the east coast of New Zealand. GRAPHIC: NIWA/ODT ARTIST If you thought swimming in the sea in parts of Otago was uncharacteristically warm last year, Niwa says it should be even better this year.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Shawn Long, Corey Webster and Thomas Abercrombie of the Breakers look dejected as they walk off the court in Perth late last year. Photo: Getty Images Once a constant force in the ANBL, the New Zealand Breakers find themselves second-last on this year’s table. As the team prepares to play ...
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Justin Ludlow. Four home games will headline the Otago Rush's title defence this season.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Otago seamer Jacob Duffy in action during the rained-off Super Smash match against Auckland at the University of Otago Oval on Sunday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien Jacob Duffy is going to play a rare game of cricket on Sunday.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme is back in the Black Caps ODI squad. Photo: Getty Images The Black Caps have tweaked their line-up before the one-day international series against world No2 India.
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Disabled darts player Rob Gillan with children Connor (18 months) and Bailey (7) in his garage with full-height and lower-height dart boards set up as he prepares to head to the Winmau World Cup in Belgium. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O'CONNOR Rob Gillan will have more than just winning on his min...
Otago Daily Times | January 17, 2019
Photo: Getty Images Pruning is often dressed up as complicated and difficult, but follow these simple rules and your plants will be healthier and happier, writes James Wong. 
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Michaela Curtis of the New Zealand Black Sticks Women last year. Photo: Photosport Hockey hopes to begin a new era on Saturday when Spain and Belgium kick off its ambitious annual Pro League, a new competition which aims to transform the sport and reduce its dependence on the Olympic Games fo...
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Video has emerged of a young boy from the unruly British tourists pulling the finger and yelling at media and locals outside court in Hamilton today.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Dunedin's George St was partly blocked this afternoon after an SUV ploughed into three parked vehicles.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
An Air New Zealand flight bound for Dunedin with more than 100 passengers on board has been forced to land in Christchurch after a mechanical fault.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
A car suspected of doing "some sort of burn-out'' near Oamaru had to be rescued from a ditch by a tractor after crashing tonight, police say.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
An employee of a Malaysian airline was among eight people arrested in Australia on charges of trafficking more than 14kg of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, Australian authorities said on Wednesday.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
There is no sign of completion for an Opoho man digitising the history of the South in his basement, one film reel at a time.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
The Central Otago Racing Club has vowed to keep fighting hard, to keep its annual Omakau thoroughbred racing.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
The long-running and popular Mid Canterbury Summer Singing School has kicked off again in Ashburton this week.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Get your daily dose of local news with the full The South Today bulletin for 16 January 2019.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Thousands turned out for the races in Hokitika this year. Photo: Greymouth Star As the dust settles on a highly successful New Year racing circuit, West Coast racing clubs are now faced with a fight for survival.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
David Clark Health Minister David Clark has been unwilling to give his views on the size of the highest pay packets at district health boards.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is more than a third of the way through his rowing journey to Cape Horn. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery Fedor Konyukhov says his life is starting to feel like Groundhog Day as he rows his custom-built boat across the South Pacific towards Chile.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Our readers captured these Magic Moments around Otago and you can be in to win if you send us yours.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Working from home has both advantages and disadvantages. Photo: Getty Images It’s not just the isolation. Working from home has surprising downsides, writes Libby Sander.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
One of the guns taken in a Dunedin burglary in 2016. Photo: NZ Police Gangsters with guns can get the message or the time, writes  Mike Loder.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Tommy Tucker (yellow and green blinkers), with Shankar Muniandy aboard, speeds past Gallant Boy (yellow cap) and Princess Brook (light green cap) to win last year's White Robe Lodge Weight-For-Age at Wingatui. Photo: Jonny Turner The ride on Tommy Tucker in a race in which he performs at...
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Lime scooters have added a fresh slice to life in Dunedin. For the past week, since they rolled on to the streets, they have been the talk of the town.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Lake Pukaki, with the Southern Alps in the distance - the junction of the Hermitage and Lake Wakatipu roads. - Otago Witness, 15.1.1919 Within the next few days, and for many days to come, Versailles will be the scene of what promises to be, in its international significance, the most momento...
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Maniototo's brightest cricketing stars are burning off some of their summer holiday energy.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
As we start a new year, it is good to look at what’s in store on the arts scene in Otago. Rebecca Fox looks at the highlights for 2019.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
An unlucky American tourist may have a starring role on New Zealand TV after her rental car rolled from a hotel car park, across a busy road, and into Lake Wakatipu.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Tyler Kenndy-Stent’s illustration The Fox has no Voice for a new book. Dunedin's galleries, both private and public, have another strong year ahead.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
The driver of a vehicle that crashed between Omarama and Otematata, critically injuring two people, in August had alcohol and cannabis in his system, the Oamaru District Court heard yesterday.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
In this week's Art Seen, James Dignan looks at exhibitions from Xu Shen, Yang Yongliang, and Jonathan Jones.
Otago Daily Times | January 16, 2019
Adam Hall Para alpine skier Adam Hall is baking under the Central Otago sun for the first time in 15 years.